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Return to The Haven

Academic Year Reopening Campus Plan

Message From The President

August 13, 2021

Thank you for your patience and support as we prepared our Return to The Haven plan for LHU students and employees this Fall.  

In the development of this plan, we have followed the recommendations of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.  While we must adhere to certain limitations, restrictions, and changes to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, we are committed to providing students with an educational experience commensurate with our mission and tradition of excellence. However, this will not be possible without the cooperation of all members of the community both on and off campus. Taking personal responsibility to follow guidelines and protocols and being keenly aware of your personal health and risks is paramount for the success of this plan. 

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to change and evolve. Considering the spread rate of the Delta variant in both our region and the state, Lock Haven University is instituting an updated indoor masking mandate for campus effective Saturday, August 14. The new policy will mandate the wearing of a mask once indoors including during on-campus instruction, in-person events, and for students in University owned on-campus housing. The practice will stand regardless of a person’s vaccination status.

This masking policy is in the best interest of your own health, and that of your fellow campus community members. The University will be providing one KF94 mask to faculty, staff, and students. We are instituting this policy so that we conclude the semester as we begin it: in-person.

Testing for the campus community will take place regularly throughout the semester, with mandatory testing for unvaccinated students prior to the start of the semester. As in past semesters, our COVID Dashboard will be updated on a regular basis with full testing results. Fuller details about our campus plans, requirements and guidelines can be found at our Return to The Haven website. 

We are working to schedule vaccination clinics regularly throughout the semester. Students, faculty and staff who are unvaccinated may take advantage of these clinics or receive a vaccine at any of the many facilities that offer them. Medical experts tell us that being fully vaccinated represents the single best way for individuals to avoid infection and sickness and for a community to avoid the negative consequences of viral spread. I thank those of you who are vaccinated and implore the unvaccinated among you to do your part to keep yourself and the Haven safe.

I would like to welcome Jessica Abernathy as our COVID Coordinator. Jess steps in for Dr. Beth McMahon who served as our COVID Coordinator since August 2020. We thank Dr. McMahon for her incredible leadership in navigating the University through the pandemic and for staying on with LHU’s COVID Institutional Response Team as a volunteer. Jess has worked closely with Beth as part of LHU’s COVID IRT and brings a strong background in outreach and operations coordination to this role. Thank you to Jess for serving the LHU Community in this critical role. 

We will continue to monitor circumstances on our campus and within our community/county and will advise you of any updates as these circumstances change. We urge everyone to wash their hands, and social distance when possible. Working together and following all health and safety protocols from the CDC and the PA Department of Health, we can keep both our campus and greater community safe and healthy to complete this semester in-person as planned. 

I know that we will rise strong to meet the challenges we face and will do what is required to ensure a safe and successful Fall semester. The resilience and resolve of our Haven family continues to inspire me. Thank you all for your dedication to our students and their success. Students, thank you for your commitment to achieving your educational goals. Your determination to overcome obstacles and focus on your future success is to be commended. I am Haven Proud of you. 

Sincerely,   
Dr. Bashar W. Hanna
Interim President

FALL 2021 REOPENING PLAN

Campus Reopening Plan Summary

Below is a summary of important information outlined in the fall 2021 return to campus plan. This list is in no way exhaustive and more information about each section can be found within the plan. It is expected that all Lock Haven University employees and students will read the plan in its entirety, so they are prepared to follow the guidelines outlined upon return to campus. It is up to each one of us to do our part to continue to keep our Haven community healthy and safe. With the campus returning face-to-face this fall, it is even more critical for us to lean into the good practices that distinguished the Haven as having the lowest infection rates in PASSHE last year.

Academic Calendar:

  • The Fall 2021 semester will begin as scheduled on August 23, 2021, and end December 10, 2021.

Social Distancing:

  • Students, faculty and staff should continue to social distance indoors (at least 3’) when possible, avoid
    unnecessary congregation indoors, and engage in other mitigation strategies listed below.

Strategy for Mitigation:

  • Students and employees have a responsibility to safeguard their own health and the health of others.
    This includes following CDC, University, and other state and local guidelines.
  • Mask wearing is not required in outdoor spaces throughout campus; however, all students, faculty, and
    staff who choose to wear masks outdoors are welcome to do so.
  • Masks covering the entire nose and mouth are required of ALL individuals regardless of vaccination
    status in all University buildings including classrooms and/or instructional spaces as well as when
    traveling between classes and within common areas of buildings.
  • Mask wearing is not required when alone in a private office.
  • Faculty or staff wearing a mask during meetings with students in closed indoor spaces may request
    students to wear a mask during office meetings or counseling sessions.
  • Groups of individuals meeting indoors must be masked.
  • All faculty, staff, and students are welcome to wear a mask on campus regardless of vaccination status.
  • Masks are required when riding on the University Trolley.
  • Masks are required when entering Glennon Health Services.
  • Masks are required when travelling in University vehicles with more than one person.
  • Take your temperature daily before leaving your home/residence hall/apartment
  • Employees are strongly encouraged to consider their health before coming to the workplace. Employees
    who are or feel ill (i.e. fever, cough, shortness of breath, etc.) should refrain from coming to campus and
    should contact their supervisor to address necessary duties to be covered and leave usage.
  • Enhanced cleaning measures, utilizing CDC recommend disinfectant, have been implemented campuswide.
    Individuals can assist by washing hands or using hand sanitizer frequently, properly disposing of
    trash, and utilizing cleaner or disinfecting wipes to clean high-touch areas after using shared equipment
    (e.g., keyboards, touchscreens, fitness equipment) or common areas.

Social Distancing/Gatherings: 

  • Limitations may be placed on the size of events and gatherings in accordance with current guidance and
    recommendations from government and health officials. Physical distancing and self-health monitoring
    will be implemented as appropriate.

Student Life:

  • LHU’s Dining Services partner, Aramark, is a trusted authority on food safety and they are
    implementing a variety of changes to promote student and employee safety.
  • Campus trolleys will operate on a regular schedule. Riders must wear facial coverings while on the
    trolleys.
  • Students while in their Residence Hall rooms alone or with established roommates may choose to not
    wear a mask.
  • Students residing off-campus are expected to adhere to all guidelines outlined in this document, the
    LHU Student Handbook, and the Student Code of Conduct.

Campus Reopening Plan Summary:

  • The Haven Family, faculty, staff and students are strongly encouraged to get a COVID vaccination prior
    to returning to campus for Fall 2021 semester.
  • Individuals exhibiting symptoms:
    • Must self-report symptoms and exposure to their immediate supervisor and/or COVID Coordinator
      (students);
    • Must not report to work; class; clinical assignments; or attend or participate in institution-sponsored
      activities or events;
    • Must self-quarantine in accordance with current state and federal guidance;
    • Must not enter campus buildings except for students who shall only enter campus buildings that are
      designated as their place of quarantine (e.g. residence hall); and
    • Are advised to consult with their medical provider about options for testing and necessary treatment.
  • Individuals who may have been exposed to COVID-19
    • Employees must report possible exposure to their immediate supervisor. Students must report
      exposure and/or symptoms to the COVID Coordinator
    • Anyone who has visited an area of high prevalence (domestic or international) in the previous 14
      days should report as indicated above;
    • Report as above if you know you have been exposed to anyone, within the previous 14 days, who
      has tested positive for COVID-19; and
    • Self-quarantine in accordance with current state and federal guidance

Testing:

The PA DOH has contracted with AMI (https://ami.health/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/AMICOVID-
19-Testing-Information-v3.pdf) to provide these services to communities throughout PA.. The
University is partnering with PA DOH to be the recipient of a dedicated AMI team that will assist in
administering our testing protocol.

  • In order to obtain campus baseline data, all unvaccinated students will be required to participate in
    testing during on-boarding week (August 19 – 22, 2021). A student may be exempt from this on5
    board testing by voluntarily providing proof of vaccination at the testing site. Students choosing
    not to provide proof of vaccination will be considered unvaccinated for the purpose of testing.
  • Voluntary on-boarding testing will be offered to faculty and staff, August 19 0 22, 2021.
  • Regular, voluntary surveillance testing of all unvaccinated students, faculty, and staff will be
    strongly encouraged throughout the semester.
  • Continue regular surveillance testing of unvaccinated student athletes in accordance with NCAA
    guidelines.
  • LHU will follow state Department of Health guidelines for testing, contact tracing and
    quarantine/isolation.
  • Employees will be sent home and referred to their medical providers.
  • Symptomatic testing for students will be performed at LHU’s Glennon Health Services and handled
    in the following manner.
    • Student having one or more of the COVID-19 symptoms should call LHU’s Glennon
      Health Services at (570-484-2276).
    • Student can be assessed over the phone by a nurse.
    • If nurse believes that testing is needed, student is instructed to report to the LHU’s
      Glennon Health Services.
    • Turnaround time for test results is typically two days. Student will isolate until test
      results are received and direction is provided from the healthcare provider at LHU’s
      Glennon Health Services.
    • Results will be sent to the LHU Health Center.
    • Health Center Staff reviews the results and calls the student.
    • Student’s medical insurance is billed for the
Purpose

To address the issues associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, Lock Haven University has taken a collaborative approach in preparing and planning for the Fall 2021 semester. Many factors have influenced our planning and there are some aspects of the plan that are governed by the federal government, the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. This document summarizes key steps being taken and changes being made at Lock Haven University in preparation for reopening the campus to faculty, staff and students, as well as visitors, and it serves as a guide to precautionary measures designed to prevent the spread of illness at the University.

This document is not intended to be a comprehensive or final summary of all University plans, policies and procedures.

This is a “living document” that will be updated and amended in response to changing conditions, guidelines or government orders. Portions of this guide were designed based on the Phase 2 recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control, the KUALI “Higher Ed Return to Campus Guide” checklist, and guidance from state and federal government agencies, including the State Department of Education and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

Academics

Academic Calendar

  • The Fall 2021 semester will begin as scheduled on August 23, 2021 and end December 10, 2021.

Instructional Modalities

  • Classes will be taught in the modality identified in the Fall schedule and delivered according to the
    days/times published therein.
  • Instructional technology deployed for AY 2020-21 will remain installed in instructional spaces to
    facilitate a brief pivot to fully remote teaching/learning if the University decides such an action is
    deemed necessary.

Office Hours

  • Negotiations on virtual office hours are occurring between the Office of the Chancellor and State
    APSCUF and also between LHU administration and local APSCUF. Resolution is imminent.

     

    Consideration for Student Absence due to COVID-19

  • Given relatively low vaccination rates in our service areas and the infectivity of the predominant
    delta variant, it is possible that students may miss class due to infection or exposure resulting in their
    need to isolate or quarantine.
  • Faculty are strongly urged to use any and all options at their disposal to avoid disenfranchising such
    victims of this global pandemic twice.
  • While faculty are not being asked to teach the material twice, such strategies as providing access to
    missed materials (notes, handouts, reading assignments, etc. – physically or virtually), clemency for
    missed assignments, exams, labs, etc., or providing opportunities for make-ups, assigning
    incompletes if work simply cannot be made up, are but a few examples.
  • Faculty should not give students failing grades for credit-bearing activities missed due to COVID.
    Adjusting the grade calculations by not including those activities may be another way for faculty
    compassion and understanding to manifest.

Consideration for Student Absence due to COVID-19

  • It is university policy for all individuals to be masked indoors or to wear a face shield (see below).
  • Students are required to comply and faculty bear both the right and responsibility to seek such
    compliance.
  • As was the case last year, faculty may remind students without a mask to put one on and offer them
    from available supplies. Should a student refuse to wear a mask or face shield, the faculty member
    may ask the student to leave the classroom and may call the Dean of Students to assist if the student
    does not leave. A final resort is to cancel class.
  • Faculty are encouraged to make every effort to deescalate such situations.
  • Faculty are also held to the university policy and act as agents of the institution so they are required
    to be masked, wear a face shield, or speak from behind the plexiglass barrier (available in most
    classrooms).
Strategy for Mitigation

Hygiene (CDC) Requirements

  • Students and employees have a responsibility to safeguard their own health and the health of others.
    This includes following CDC and University guidelines:
  • Stay home if you feel sick. Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use alcohol-based sanitizer.
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue, or into your elbow (not your hands). Avoid touching your eyes, nose
    and mouth.
  • Wear facial covering that covers your nose and mouth to reduce the spread of droplets that can carry
    disease.
  • The University will have disposable facial coverings, hand sanitizer, and educational materials
    available at kiosks and other high-traffic locations across campus.
  • Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches,
    headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting,
    diarrhea, or other symptoms of COVID-19. This is especially important if you are running essential
    errands, going into the office or workplace, and in settings where it may be difficult to keep a
    physical distance.
  • Take your temperature daily.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • Faculty/Staff/Students will receive (1) one KF94 mask for their personal use.
  • Central Receiving will manage PPE inventory and Procurement will order critical PPE supplies
    (facial coverings, gloves, hand sanitizer, thermometers, etc.). Staff and faculty can contact their
    immediate supervisor to request these items.
  • Disposable facial coverings will be available at entries to academic buildings and instructional
    spaces.
  • Everyone is required to wear face coverings in all buildings, public shared spaces on campus, or as
    otherwise directed by university administration. Face coverings are required in classrooms during
    instruction and other activity. Individuals unable to wear face coverings due to a documented health
    condition or disability must request an exception to this requirement and will be given a face shield.
    Students are to contact Disability Services at Disability_Services@lockhaven.edu or 570-484-2665.
    Employees are to contact Human Resources through Kim Powell at kpowell@lockhaven.edu or 570-
    484-2486.
  • Hand sanitizers, sanitizing wipes and disinfectant sprays will be made available throughout
    buildings. Ample trashcans will be made available as well.
  • Plexiglass shields will be placed at the front of most classrooms between faculty and students.
  • Custodial staff will increase the frequency of cleaning of buildings and the emptying of trash cans.
    Every effort will be made to sanitize high-touch areas (door handles, elevator controls, sink handles,
    drinking fountains, grab bars, hand railings, etc.) regularly throughout the day.
  • Disinfecting wipes will be available for student use in wiping their seating areas before and after
    classes and for faculty to wipe their workstations.
  • Use of shared objects (e.g., lab equipment, computer equipment, desks) should be limited when
    possible, or cleaned between use.

Social Distancing/Gatherings

  • Indoor social distancing means keeping sufficient space between yourself and other people. The practice can help to stop the spread of disease through respiratory droplets that can carry viruses and other germs, including the coronavirus.
  • Limitations may be placed on the size of events and gatherings in accordance with current guidance and recommendations from government and health officials. Physical distancing and self-health monitoring will be implemented as appropriate. Priority for available space will be given to first meet the academic needs of the University. Departments will consider alternative ways to host programs and events with limitations placed on the number or presence of spectators.
  • Facial coverings must be worn for indoor academic, coaching, administrative or other meetings that are not held virtually.

For Visitors

  • Campus visitors must adhere to all health and safety measures in place throughout the University
    and its affiliate locations.
Campus Life

Athletics

  • The University will adhere to all NCAA/ PSAC (Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference) requirements for student athletes and athletic competitions.

Residence Halls and Student Life  

  • Facial coverings are expected to be worn in residence halls, except when showering, brushing teeth or shaving. Students while in their residence hall rooms alone or with established roommates may choose to not wear a mask.
  • Student Safety Plan - All students will need to have a “Safety Plan” prior to arrival on campus, to be activated in the event that quarantine, isolation, or closures of campus residence halls become necessary. Students must be aware that they may be required to be relocated or sent home due to
    illness. The university will not require this plan to be submitted, but will expect students to be prepared in case they are exposed to or contract the COVID-19 virus. Elements of each student’s plan must include answers to at least the following questions: Where will I go if I must leave campus? What transportation options do I have? Do I have ready access to a vehicle? Do I have a registered vehicle on campus? Am I dependent on public transportation? How quickly can I get to my designated location given my transportation options? Is emergency contact information provided?
  • Quarantine/Isolation – In the event that a student becomes ill, procedures have been developed to quarantine/isolate them. Depending on the number and location of other quarantine situations, students who test positive may be asked to go home for the quarantine period. Contact tracing protocols are developed to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Students Residing Off-Campus

  • Like students living on campus, students residing off-campus are expected to adhere to all guidelines outlined in this document, the LHU Student Handbook, and the Student Code of Conduct.

Student Clubs and Organizations 

  • The Student Activities Office will provide guidance and training to assist student clubs and organizations with programming efforts to ensure compliance with health and safety guidelines. 
  • The use of virtual meetings and virtual programming initiatives will be encouraged. 
  • Club sports will operate within University, PASSHE and state guidelines, and will also follow guidance from their competitive associations and leagues.  

Student Rec Center

  • The Student Rec Center will open August 3, 2020 and operate under state and local health guidelines, including operating at lower capacities. 
  • Cleaning and sanitation efforts will be increased to meet appropriate guidelines.
  • Open space use and intramural programming will be adapted to limit high contact activities.
  • Students will be required to follow health and safety guidelines while using the facility.

Dining

  • LHU’s Dining Services partner, Aramark, is a trusted authority on food safety and they are implementing a variety of changes to promote student and employee safety.
  • Dining Services is continuing to prepare to welcome you back to campus! We have had to make changes to your dining program due to the on-going labor shortage that continues to affect the hospitality industry across the country. Your safety and convenience continue to be a key priority as we plan to return to campus as safely as possible.
  • Bentley Dining Hall will begin serving operations with dinner on Thursday, August 19. Hours of Operation can be found on the Dining Services website (https://lockhaven.campusdish.com/).
  • Upper Bentley (all-you-care-to-eat), Lower Bentley (Retail), and Nanobites will be open.
  • Self-serve options will be available. Utensils will be regularly switched out and cleaned.
  • Cleaning: All high-touch surfaces will be cleaned regularly. Throw-away baking sheet
    squares will be provided in areas where it is determined that students can serve themselves.
  • Facial coverings (masks) that cover the entire nose and mouth will be required at all times within dining facilities unless students are sitting and eating at a table. Facial covering and physical distancing requirements will be enforced.

University Transportation

  • Campus trolleys will operate on a regular schedule. Riders must wear facial coverings when riding
    the trolley.

University Vehicles

  • Employees should ride alone in vehicles where operationally feasible if travel is required for work.
  • Employees should ride alone in vehicles where operationally feasible if travel is required for work.
  • If a driver is alone throughout the trip, a facial covering is needed only when interacting with others, such as at a tollbooth or drive-through window. If more than one person is in the vehicle, all occupants must wear facial coverings unless all are fully vaccinated
  • Employees do not need to wear a facial covering if it impedes their vision, if they have a medical condition that is exacerbated by wearing it, or if it would create an unsafe condition in which to operate equipment or execute a task. In such cases, a face shield may be worn instead.
  • Employees should limit stops when traveling between their home and worksite. Employees should wash their hands upon arrival at the worksite and prior to departing.
  • University vehicles will be sanitized daily or between each user, whichever is more frequent.

Academic Support Services

  • Academic Support Services will be available during the Fall 2021 semester.

The University Store

  • The Lock Haven University Store in the Parsons Union Building (PUB) will be open.

Library Services/Technology

  • Stevenson Library and the Clearfield Branch Campus Library will be open, and physical books will be available to borrowers. To minimize population density, face-to-face service in the library will be decreased. Librarians will continue to offer chat, Zoom, email and other remote services to assist students.

Counseling Services

  • The Counseling Center offers services to support students’ mental health and well-being. Telecounseling services are encouraged. Patient privacy will be a primary consideration during telecounseling sessions.

The following are Guidelines for Monitoring Student Health and Class Absenteeism: 

  • Observe student behavior and refer a student who appears symptomatic to the university’s Health and Wellness Services.
  • Faculty will be encouraged to follow a liberal attendance and tardiness policies. Students who are feeling ill must not come to class.
  • Faculty are encouraged to monitor students for absence, mental stress, or possible presentations of symptoms; they should also make ample use of the Early Alert system. Students should be referred to the Student Success Center (570-484-2345), Counseling Center (570-484-2479), Health Clinic (570-484-2276), or other appropriate resource for assistance. Alternatively, the proper campus agency should be informed so they may take a proactive role in the best interests of the student.

Campus Environment Modifications

  • Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the buildings. Trash cans will be available nearby. Students and faculty should wipe desks, keyboards and computer mouse devices before using them. Used wipes should be immediately thrown in the trash can.
  • Plexiglass shields will be placed at the front of most classrooms between faculty and students.
  • Enhanced cleaning measures, utilizing CDC recommend disinfectant, has been implemented campus-wide. Individuals can assist by washing hands or using hand sanitizer frequently, properly disposing of trash, and utilizing cleaner or disinfecting wipes to clean high-touch areas after using shared equipment (e.g., keyboards, touchscreens, fitness equipment) or common areas.
  • Customer Service areas including those in deans’ offices, office staff in academic departments, as well as offices housing staff in areas such as Admissions, Academic Affairs, Administration and Finance, Registrar, Facilities, Financial Aid, Student Affairs and Residence Life, Human Resources, Information Technology, Library Services, Mailroom, Payroll, Purchasing, Student Accounts, Center for Excellence and Inclusion, Center for Global Engagement, Information Technology, Student Activities, and University Police will be modified.

    Customer Service areas will:

  • Install plexiglass barriers to separate staff from visiting students, families, and others in key areas where social distancing is not feasible.
  • Schedule appointments, when feasible, to keep groups from congregating at customer service
    windows.
  • Enhanced cleaning procedures will be in effect for high-touch activities such as fingerprinting. These may include required temperature checks, facial coverings and hand sanitizing for visitors; gloves, facial coverings and face shields for employees; and enhanced cleaning of equipment.
  • Staff in customer service areas will wear facial coverings when interacting with students and employees

Ventilation

The University is following ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers) recommendations as we plan to return students, faculty, and staff for the Fall 2021 semester.  The following strategies will be instituted in all buildings: 

  • Increase outside air
    Adjust outside air dampers to increase the amount of fresh air to the building.
  • Improve central air filtration
    Install more efficient air filters and increase the frequency of filter changes in every building.
  • Extend operational schedule
    Modify unit runtimes in Automated Logic BAS to run continuously during building occupied times.   

Student Health Services

Health Services hours of operation this fall will be:

  • Monday, Tues, Wed, and Thurs = 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Friday = 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sat = 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Symptomatic Testing will be performed in the following instances:

  • Student has one or more of the COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Student calls LHU Health Center (570-484-2276).
  • Student is assessed over the phone by a nurse.
  • If nurse believes that testing is needed, student is instructed to report to the LHU Health Center.
  • Student’s medical insurance is billed for the test.
  • Turnaround time for test results is typically three days. Student will isolate for those three days.
  • Results will be sent to the LHU Health Center.
  • Health Center Staff reviews the results and calls the student.

Non-Essential Travel

  • All travel requests will be guided by PASSHE/DOH and University policies.
  • If an approved traveler is exposed to COVID-19 while participating in university-sponsored travel, the traveler must follow the self-quarantine protocols established by the university upon return. 

Alternate Work Assignments

  • Requests for temporary alternate work locations will be considered on an individual basis.
Strategy for Monitoring Campus

As a proactive measure to keep our campus community as healthy as possible, we are asking for your help to ensure the good health of all students and employees. Students and employees must follow published protocols for reporting exposures, cases, and outbreaks of COVID-19 on campus. A process is
being developed in consultation with Enrollment Management and Student Affairs and the Office of Human Resources that will outline the protocol detailed below.

Individuals exhibiting symptoms:

  • Must self-report symptoms and exposure to their immediate supervisor;
  • Must not report to work; class; clinical assignments; or attend or participate in institution-sponsored activities or events;
  • Must self-quarantine in accordance with current state and federal guidance;
  • Must not enter campus buildings except for students who shall only enter campus buildings that are designated as their place of quarantine (e.g. residence hall); and
  • Are advised to consult with their medical provider about options for testing and necessary treatment.

Individuals who may have been exposed to COVID-19 

  • Report to your immediate supervisor or COVID Coordinator (570-220-2548 or jma351@lockhaven.edu) if you have visited an area of high prevalence (domestic or international) in the previous 14 days;
  • Report to your immediate supervisor or COVID Coordinator (570-220-2548 or jma351@lockhaven.edu) if you know you have been exposed to anyone, within the previous 14 days, who has tested positive for COVID-19; and
  • Self-quarantine in accordance with current state and federal guidance.

Testing

The PA DOH has five COVID-19 strike teams (twelve people per team) available to deploy to areas with low vaccination rates, rising transmission rates, and/or lack of sufficient COVID-19 public testing locations. The PA DOH has contracted with AMI (https://ami.health/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/AMICOVID-
19-Testing-Information-v3.pdf) to provide these services to communities throughout PA.. The University is partnering with PA DOH to be the recipient of a dedicated AMI team that will assist in administering our testing protocol.

  • In order to obtain campus baseline data, all unvaccinated students will be required to participate in testing during on-boarding week (August 19 – 22, 2021). A student may be exempt from this on-board testing by voluntarily providing proof of vaccination at the testing site. Students choosing not to provide proof of vaccination will be considered unvaccinated for the purpose of testing.
  • Voluntary on-boarding testing will be offered to faculty and staff, August 19 0 22, 2021.
  • Regular, voluntary surveillance testing of all unvaccinated students, faculty, and staff will be strongly encouraged throughout the semester.
  • Continue regular surveillance testing of unvaccinated student athletes in accordance with NCAA guidelines.
  • LHU will follow state Department of Health guidelines for testing, contact tracing and quarantine/isolation.
  • Employees will be sent home and referred to their medical providers.
  • Student testing information is located in the Health Center section above.

Contact Tracing

  • The State System is working with both the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Pennsylvania Department of Health on the issue of contact tracing. We will monitor and update these protocols as necessary and when they further evolve. Lock Haven University will work collaboratively with the DOH and local health agencies.

Confirmed Case

  • Faculty and staff who test positive for COVID-19 infection will be required to remain off campus and self-isolate. They should seek medical attention and/or isolate until such time as they are cleared by a physician as having recovered sufficiently to resume duties. In the interim, their courses may be delivered by colleagues at LHU, via Distance Education from sister PASSHE schools or other appropriate means. As far as possible, Chairs and Deans will make arrangements to hold students and faculty harmless.
  • Students who test positive for COVID-19 infection will be encouraged to return home and seek medical attention from their primary care physician. Resident students not able to return home, will be required to isolate in a designated residence hall on campus and will not be able to participate in LHU functions. Students testing positive for COVID-19 should seek medical attention and isolate until such time as they are clinically cleared by a physician as having recovered sufficiently to resume the semester. In the interim, and if well enough, they may participate in classes remotely. If not, they may contact their instructor for notes and for any lectures posted asynchronously. As far as possible, Chairs and Deans will make arrangements to hold students harmless.

Quarantine

If a student is suspected of having COVID-19 symptoms:

  • Unless the student chooses to return home, they will be instructed to quarantine in a designated area on campus and the Health Center will monitor their condition.
  • While a student is in quarantine, University Housing staff will arrange for food delivery and address other needs.
Communications Strategy

General Campus

The Lock Haven University website will serve as the hub for all information regarding Lock Haven University’s Fall 2021 campus reopening plan including campus announcements, social distancing guidelines and FAQ’s.

Campus email will remain the primary mode of communication with the campus community. Along with the channels outlined in the below plan, LHU has several secondary and tertiary channels to use for communication with the campus community and external audiences and stakeholders. They include:

  • Social Media Accounts (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)
  • Newsletters
    • LHU & You (external audiences)
    • From the President’s Desk (internal)
    • Alumni Newsletter
    • Parent Newsletter
  • Campus Alerts—Text and Email Alerts + campus homepage banner (emergency messages only)
  • A weekly/bi-weekly message from the President was established in late spring 2020 to keep our campus community informed about updates regarding COVID-19. This update will become the COVID Campus Update to be distributed weekly, biweekly, or as needed with COVID relevant information for the campus community. It will include a message from the President as appropriate along with reminders about campus guidelines, updates on policies, and information about healthy practices and mental health.

Return to Campus

  • Information about LHU’s return to campus planning and implementation for fall 2020 has been communicated to the campus community and external audiences through email, social media, our website, and press releases throughout the spring and summer months. Information will continue to be communicated on a regular basis through these same channels to specific audiences about the preparation of campus, community expectations and guidelines around social distancing, hygiene, and personal protective equipment.  

Identified Case

  • LHU will alert the campus community, via email, if a student or employee on campus self-reports a positive case of COVID-19 to the university. LHU will maintain confidentiality of the student or employee as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, as applicable.

Media Inquiries

  • University and State System decisions about the fall semester are likely to pique media interest. As in the past, if any member of campus is contacted directly by a member of the media, please contact Strategic Communications, Julie Stellfox at jms833@lockhaven.edu or Elizabeth Arnold at earnold@lockhaven.edu to coordinate a response.

Contingency Planning/Change Communications

  • LHU will develop guidelines for on-campus events based on information from federal and state authorities and public health experts at the CDC, state Department of Health and other agencies.
  • LHU reserves the right to deny, cancel, postpone or re-locate on-campus and off-campus University events based on health and safety considerations.
Coordination with Local Public Health Officials

Coordination with Local Public Health Officials

  • Lock Haven University has coordinated with Clinton County Emergency Services, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency as appropriate.  We will continue to coordinate with those agencies, as well as the City of Lock Haven and other local municipal officials.  LHU enjoys a strong working relationship with these entities and will continue to work together as necessary. 
  • LHU is partnering with UPMC to ensure that COVID-19 testing is available for students who report to the campus Health Center with symptoms consistent with coronavirus infection as previously noted.
Conclusion

Please be aware that this is a “living” document; as such we will adjust our plan—based on guidance we are provided, and or changing conditions at any time as is appropriate, prudent and based on what is reasonable, feasible and necessary to mitigate the risk to our campus community.

We will provide additional information as we receive it from the various governing entities and share with you the latest public health information we have. This is a dynamic document and its evolving content along with any alerts and notices will serve to inform you of those decisions and updates as they occur. We also hope that this plan will demonstrate and emphasize the careful and measured analyses and considered action that LHU continues to undertake in order to prepare to welcome our students and employees back to our campus. We look forward to the opportunity to cooperatively work with all stakeholders to successfully reopen Lock Haven University.

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